President Trump announced his Muslim Ban nearly two years ago, immediately halting immigration from seven majority Muslim countries. Travelers were trapped in airports, unable to reunite with loved ones, as thousands of Americans of all faiths and backgrounds rushed to stand with them in the face of injustice.
The Muslim Ban is still in effect, but Congress can end it. Contact your senators and representative and ask them to co-sponsor the NO BAN Act to put an end to this discriminatory policy and amend the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to prohibit future discrimination on the basis of religion.
Interfaith Alliance joined a diverse coalition of nearly 400 civil rights, faith, national security and community organizations to support today’s introduction of the historic NO BAN Act by Senator Chris Coons and Congresswoman Judy Chu.
A few months ago, the plight of Shaima Swileh drew national attention as she desperately sought a waiver to travel from Yemen to California to be with her dying son. Shaima and Abdullah were eventually reunited, but many have not been so lucky. Reuters recently found that only 6% of applicants received waivers in the first 18 months of the ban, confirming what we already knew: these supposed safeguards are little more than window dressing.
Banning any one faith tradition, as President Trump has done, flies in the face of our founding principle of religious freedom. The NO BAN Act is a critical piece of legislation beginning the long work of restoring true religious freedom and repairing America’s proud legacy as a nation of immigrants and a safe bastion for refugees escaping persecution and strife.
Join us in asking your legislators to co-sponsor the NO BAN Act. It is time for Congress to act to overturn the Muslim Ban and stand against religious discrimination.